Newby, Perez-Cortesia Join Rebel Hoops In Early Signing Period
Andy Kennedy (AP photo)

Nov. 10, 2011

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss went near (Memphis) and far (Venezuela) to find the newest additions to the Rebel basketball program, as Martavious Newby and Anthony Perez-Cortesia have signed national letters of intent, head coach Andy Kennedy announced Thursday.

“We are very excited to add Martavious and Anthony to our program,” said Kennedy, who is entering his sixth year as the Ole Miss coach.

The two players will join the Rebels for the 2012-13 academic year.

Martavious Newby (Memphis, Tenn.)

The next in an impressive line of Memphis natives to sign with the Rebels, Newby is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard who plays for legendary head coach Fred Horton at Booker T. Washington High School. He led BTW to a 21-6 record as a junior, averaging 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 4.7 steals per game. He was named Best of the Preps by the Commercial Appeal and was a Class AA Mr. Basketball finalist.

It was the summer AAU circuit, however, in which Newby broke through onto the national stage. The hard-nosed, athletic combo guard led the prestigious Memphis YOMCA to a 50-6 record this summer, including playing in the AAU National Championship Game in addition to participating in the title game of the highly respected 2011 Peach Jam.

Newby is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and MaxPreps. Rivals also tabs him as the No. 97 overall prospect and No. 18 shooting guard in the country, while he is ranked third-best from the state of Tennessee by ESPN.com. Also a talented two-way player on the football field (linebacker and receiver), Newby chose the Rebels over Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri and Tennessee.

“’Ta is a strong lead guard that brings a warrior mentality to the floor each and every night. He is a winner who has all the tools needed to make an immediate impact at this level,” Kennedy said.

Anthony Perez-Cortesia (Cumana, Venezuela)

Perez-Cortesia is a senior at Montverde (Fla.) Academy, where he will play this season under highly respected coach Kevin Boyle, who has mentored numerous future college and NBA players. The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward from Cumana, Venezuela transferred to the Florida prep school from Lee (Maine) Academy, where he attended his junior year and averaged more than 18 points, eight rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 44 percent from 3-point land.

Perez-Cortesia has been mentored by fellow countryman and Memphis Grizzlies standout guard Greivis Vazquez (who starred at Maryland). Prior to moving to the U.S., Perez-Cortesia was a member of the Venezuelan U-16 team at the 2009 FIBA Americas and a member of the U-17 team for the 2009 South American Championships.

Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com, the relatively unknown athlete was tabbed by ESPN.com Recruiting as “one of the nation's best kept secrets.” Perez-Cortesia projects as a small forward as he is known for his smooth shooting stroke and high-level ball skills. He chose Ole Miss after considering Kansas State, Providence and Wake Forest.

“Anthony is a player with unlimited potential,” Kennedy said. “There are not many players who at 6-9 possess his ability to stretch a defense to 22 feet while also having the capability to defend and create at the guard position. His year at Montverde under the tutelage of Coach Boyle will prepare him for life in the SEC.”


 

 

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